Locals Earn Split

For St. Francis High its season continued, but Crescenta Valley’s was halted last Friday night in CIF Southern Section opening-round games.

The visiting Golden Knights cruised to a 45-28 triumph over Paramount in a Western Division contest, while the Falcons lost to host La Mirada, 35-30, in a Southeast Division encounter.

St. Francis running back Luke Anderson tallied three touchdowns and his backfield partner Austin De Los Santos added 75 yards on 15 carries.

The Golden Knights (9-2) held the Pirates (5-6) to 225 total net yards, while they had 382.

St. Francis quarterback Jared Lebowitz had a seven-yard scoring pass to Tommy Scheper that made it 7-0, a 15-yard offering to Joe Mudie with 7:46 left that gave the Golden Knights a 28-20 cushion, and a 35-yard scoring throw to Christian Hess with 2:28 left in the second quarter.

De Los Santos fumbled in the third quarter and it was returned for a score by Cristian Andrade. A mix-up between Lebowitz and De Los Santos was recovered by Devonte Dixon at the St. Francis 32. Dixon later scored on a four-yard run, and he had an 81-yard romp that tied it at 7-7.

Anderson had scoring runs of two yards in the second quarter, six yards that gave St. Francis a 35-20 edge, and a one-yard blast with just over eight minutes showing in the third quarter that made it 42-20.

Crescenta Valley quarterback Zachary Wilkerson (19 of 33 for 295 yards) gave the Falcons (6-5) a 7-0 lead after drilling wide receiver Nick Ruiz with an 11-yard pass as 9:13 remained in the first quarter.

Kevin Cooper recovered the ensuing kickoff and Wilkerson hit Ruiz (10 catches for 165 yards) with a 23-yard toss for a 14-0 lead as 5:47 was left in the opening quarter.

Wilkerson added a two-yard run late in the third quarter that trimmed La Mirada’s lead to 28-24, and a one-yard sneak with 1:28 left to make it 35-30.

La Mirada quarterback Gerry Myres (nine of 14 for 219 yards) drilled 6-foot-5 wide receiver Dallis Shipp with a 28-yard pass that cut the lead to 14-7 late in the first quarter. Myres hit Shipp with a 16-yard throw as 7:31 remained in the second quarter, and Myres found Shipp with a five-yard toss that gave the Matadores (7-4) a 28-17 bulge with just over six minutes left in the third quarter.

It became 21-14 when La Mirada running back Johnny Hills (16 rushes for 177 yards) scored on a 24-yard burst with 3:35 left in the second quarter, and Hills’ 80-yard sprint made it 35-24 late in the third quarter.

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